these two comments at the NYT site summed up my thoughts perfectly:
a o sultan:
"Here's to dreaming dreams of iridescent butterflies. May the monarchs rise from the wet leaves of mourning as the passing of a brilliant light leaves us to wonder where the time goes. Garcia-Marquez painted my young brain with word webs and i have been forever changed and eternally grateful for the wonder he shared."
"100 years is the best written work I have ever read. Even now I can remember back to the distant autumn when I first discovered Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I enjoy his other novels and works but there is nothing like A Hundred Years of Solitude. From the first paragraph it transports you."
"100 Years" blew me away when i first read it in my 20s. it's still such a hypnotic, swirling dream of a book to me. "Love in the Time of Cholera" is like a companion piece to "100 Years" for me -- his lyrical, magical way with words and phrases is like none other to me. i am so sad to hear he is gone.